Thursday, June 24, 2010

+N.T. Wright and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

James Gibson posted the video, below, on his blog, Sanctus.  He picked it up from Chip Altman's blog.  I thought it would be interesting for the readers of this blog.

The video presents Bishop N.T. Wright speaking about the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Second Trailer For The New Wesley Movie

Here is a copy of the second trailer for the new Wesley movie.  It has been posted on Wesleyan Arminian since the end of May.  Of course the movie website can be found here.

I think it looks pretty good, but you can judge it for yourself.

I have been disappointed that it seems that it will not be playing anywhere near where I live.  Per the website, I did try to contact them about playing it in my area, but I did not receive a response.  It would be cool to see it on the big screen, but if that isn't going to happen anytime soon, I hope they get it to DVD soon.

If you've not yet seen it, take a look and tell me what you think.  -  Or better yet, if you've seen the movie, what did you think about it?

On a different note, I ran across a recent (2008) DVD on Wesley that I purchased and played at church for Aldersgate.  Previously, I have shown J. Arthur Rank's classic, 1954, John Wesley.  It is, obviously, quite dated, but I think it is good for any good Wesleyan/Methodist to have. 

However, I recently ran across Encounters with John Wesley.  It was "filmed on location at the New Room, Bristol, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and at Charles Wesley's House, also in Bristol."  It stars Mark Topping as John Wesley.  The DVD is 89 minutes long, but that is broken up between the "Encounters With John Wesley" docudrama, and four Wesley sermons.  Also included is an interview with Mark Topping and a quick look at The New Room.

It should be noted that the sermons are abbreviated adaptations of the actual text, and one of them is a Charles Wesley sermon.

During our Aldersgate service, we sang and prayed, as usual, then we used the sermon time (actually, I think I allotted 35 minutes) to play the "Encounters" portion of the DVD, plus one sermon.  -  I thought it worked out nicely.

I doubt that it will be in the same category as the new movie (which the trailer, above highlights), but I would recommend the DVD for all Wesleyan/Methodist pastors.  It can be purchased through a number of venues, including Gateway Films Vision Video.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"

The trailer for "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'" has just been released.  The movie is scheduled to be released in December.

Here's hoping that the movie is as good as the first one and much better than the second one! (Not that the second movie was bad, as a movie; it just betrayed the story and spirit of the book in significant ways.)

At any rate, after wondering for a long time how to include a video on my blog (!), I am excited to be able to provide for you the new trailer for The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'!

Chronicles Of Narnia 3

More information about the upcoming movie can be found here

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A New Post? It's a Miracle!

Yes, it's been forever since I have posted.  -  I was involved in a CPE (Hospital Chaplaincy program) that really took more time and energy than I expected.  Actually, I'm involved in year-end reports, right now.  However, I sang the following hymn during Morning Prayer, today, and I wanted to share:

Forth in Thy Name

Forth in Thy name, O Lord, i go,
My daily labor to pursue,
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think, or speak, or do.

The task Thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.

Give me to bear Thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray;
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day;

For Thee delightfully employ
Whate'er Thy bounteous grace hath giv'n;
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to heaven.

-  Charles Wesley